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From the content of Korean media reports, readers can quickly ascertain that Korean funerals are often far from affordable and have lasting financial impacts on families whose loved ones have died and been ‘farewelled.’ This high cost is one of many concerns and risks that Koreans are informed of through the media, but seemingly quickly put aside and forgotten. Yet, the problem remains and the adverse impact continues. Despite the significance of the problem, there are not enough attempts to understand and analyse sociocultural dimensions underpinning the problem. This may be partly due to the ‘taboo’ nature of the funeral rite and partly because contemporary Koreans have many other priorities to address in their everyday lives.

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  1. 1.School of Media, Film and JournalismMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

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